Your consultant’s aim is to get you back to a healthy
lifestyle as quickly as possible. In the first consultation they will discuss
your medical history, lifestyle, hobbies, and exercise regime with you. They
will also examine you physically and decide whether you need to be referred for
diagnostic tests. These could include an ultrasound scan, a magnetic resonance
scan (MRI) or simply an X-ray.
These tests will help to rule out certain conditions e.g.
heel stress, fractures, wear and tear, osteo-arthritis, heel spurs and plantar
Once the tests are complete your consultant will take you
through the results and discuss your treatment options with you. MRI scans, in
particular, are incredibly accurate and allow your consultant to see the
cartilage and ligaments in detail – thereby giving them a roadmap of exactly
how treatment needs to be accomplished. This is a highly effective way to
approach e.g. new cartilage replacements.
The recovery process from various procedures differs – from
hours if you require steroid injections -to ten to fourteen days or longer for
keyhole surgery. Your consultant will discuss your recovery process in detail
with you as well as what will happen before, during and after your treatment.
Surgery or treatments represent only one aspect of your
recovery back to full health. Just as important is the work of our expert in-house
physiotherapists. They can closely monitor your progress and provide you with a
tailored program of exercise so you can safely increase the intensity of your exercise
and build back muscle strength.
To help make recovery easier and pleasurable, BMI The Priory
Hospital has a recently built, state-of-the-art rehabilitation unit located
just across the road at the Circle, Pebble Mill. This is where the
physiotherapy team are sited – and you’re also welcome to use the new fully
equipped gym, for exclusive use of BMI The Priory patients’ use.
Book an appointment with an expert foot and ankle consultant at BMI The Priory Hospital today.